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Stclairm

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I know they are rated for anywhere from 9200-12500 lbs max towing and abound 1000# TW Back in 2013, I wasn't thrilled with how our 2013 F150 3.5 EB CC 4x4 max tow (rated for 12k#) felt suspension wise with about 5500# and 28FT behind it. Maybe it was just me, but it was pretty slushy/bouncy even with a properly set up WD hitch. Maybe it was just me. I remember telling myself I would never go over what I had with any other 1500 if that was a max tow truck.
Fast forward to now. We're thinking pretty hard about upgrading from our 17 FT 2800# trailer to something with two recliners and a dinette with a walk around bed. Looks like about the smallest I can find is almost the same, 28 ft. From my reading, light weight trailers just can't hang quality wise and longivity wise as more robust , heavier trailers. Seems like they start around 5800 and up to around 7000#. I know there are people who get downright scientific with it, just looking for a general idea if possible. Hopefully I'm already on the right track.

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Stclairm wrote:

I know they are rated for anywhere from 9200-12500 lbs max towing and abound 1000# TW Back in 2013, I wasn't thrilled with how our 2013 F150 3.5 EB CC 4x4 max tow (rated for 12k#) felt suspension wise with about 5500# and 28FT behind it. Maybe it was just me, but it was pretty slushy/bouncy even with a properly set up WD hitch. Maybe it was just me. I remember telling myself I would never go over what I had with any other 1500 if that was a max tow truck.
Fast forward to now. We're thinking pretty hard about upgrading from our 17 FT 2800# trailer to something with two recliners and a dinette with a walk around bed. Looks like about the smallest I can find is almost the same, 28 ft. From my reading, light weight trailers just can't hang quality wise and longivity wise as more robust , heavier trailers. Seems like they start around 5800 and up to around 7000#. I know there are people who get downright scientific with it, just looking for a general idea if possible. Hopefully I'm already on the right track.


The heaviest would be dictated by the truck's payload capacity, not towing capacity. On nearly all tow vehicles towing a TT or 5th wheel, you will always run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to max towing capacity.
Personally I own a 2014 F150 SCREW 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package and 1828lbs of payload capacity. I wouldn't tow over 8000lbs loaded.


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A bigger truck can hide a poor setup better than a smaller truck. If you were not comfortable with 5k pounds on that F150 you are probably better off going bigger on the truck.

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Consider payload first. It’s not “scientific.” What you can “pull” goes hand in hand with what you can carry.

Length depends on wheelbase for me. What is your’s?

* This post was edited 10/07/20 03:01pm by Lwiddis *


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5000 lbs. length doesn't matter.


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Mine was probably the same as yours at 1800 ish (didn't have those different wheels and the higher payload rating though). I wouldn't have tried 8k. I think 6K loaded is about the highest I will go with on a 1500 regardless of how much higher it's rated. The TW is usually 700# or less on these units.

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Posted: 10/07/20 03:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A Lance model 2375 travel trailer is 25’ and 5000 lbs. looks like it fits your requirements.

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Whatever the truck is rated for is your answer...

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Stclairm wrote:

Back in 2013, I wasn't thrilled with how our 2013 F150 3.5 EB CC 4x4 max tow (rated for 12k#) felt suspension wise with about 5500# and 28FT behind it. Maybe it was just me, but it was pretty slushy/bouncy even with a properly set up WD hitch. Maybe it was just me. I remember telling myself I would never go over what I had with any other 1500 if that was a max tow truck.

Despite impressive rating numbers, other have complained about the same thing. Hopefully a good set of Bilestein or Koni HD shocks would cure that.

To me, anything over 10,000# is 3/4 ton territory. Of course that is assuming you have the Max Towing Package !

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Posted: 10/07/20 03:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would go right to the max rating based on trailer GVWR.


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